in a village bordered by a river in the Anjou region
In the centre of a village with numerous old houses, a few shops and amenities as well as a TER, regional train station, providing links to Angers and Le-Mans. 10 minutes from a market town, with all shops and amenities, and 15 minutes from a small town, with a TGV train station, and from slip roads for the A11 motorway.
Constructed in the 18th century, this house comprises a main building with an adjoining wing. Built from rendered quarry stone blocks, the main section spans three levels, one of which is under the rafters, whilst the wing spans but two, one of which is under the rafters. The main building is topped with a hip roof and the wing has a Mansard style roof featuring roof dormers. The modillion cornice, the string course, the quoins, the framing surrounding the openings and the roof dormers are all made of freestone. All the openings are arched.
The entrance door, flanked by freestone pilasters, opens into a vestibule which, despite providing access to two adjoining lounges, a dining room and a hall area leading to a kitchen, does not go right through the house.
In one of the lounges, outstanding paintings created in the 18th century partially take up three walls. They depict views of the port, the town and landscapes with buildings. The strokes are delicate and the hues harmonious. Outside of this room, all the panels above the doors are also decorated throughout the house; such a refined collection is quite exceptional. In this lounge, the floor is paved with terracotta tiles and the grey marble fireplace has a trumeau. The other lounge has a stone fireplace, with a trumeau painted with hunting features, and herringbone parquet flooring. Both these rooms open directly on to the courtyard and the parklands.
The dining room is enhanced with a black marble fireplace and strip pattern parquet flooring. It precedes the kitchen which, with a freestone fireplace, an old “potager” (a secondary hearth where soups and other previously prepared dishes were cooked on embers), a French ceiling and terracotta floor tiles, also opens on to the courtyard and the parklands. Behind are a boiler room, a back kitchen, with a door opening under the porchway, a toilet and a study. The main, single-flight, quarter-turning, wooden stairway, with its wrought iron railings, is housed in the vestibule; the back stairway is in the back kitchen.
The landing provides access to two corridors, the panels above the doors of which depict pastoral scenes.
The first corridor leads to two bedrooms, including one with an anteroom and a bathroom with a toilet. Both rooms have marble fireplaces, cupboards and terracotta floor tiles.
The second corridor provides access to two bedrooms, including one with an alcove, cupboards and a fireplace, and to a bathroom with a separate toilet. It also leads to the back stairway. Both these rooms have terracotta floor tiles.
A hall area, behind the back stairway, provides access to a shower room, with a toilet and to three bedrooms.
The top floor comprises a bedroom and attics. It has terracotta floor tiles throughout.
A porchway separates the main house from the building housing the outbuildings. Laid out in a U-shape, its rear facade is set at right angles to the main house. It is delimited at the front by a courtyard, closed on two sides and opening on another side into a passageway leading to the vegetable garden. This courtyard can be reached from the street. Constructed from lime-rendered, quarry stone blocks, this building is topped with a hip, slate roof, featuring a roof dormer. This building is composed of a garage, a cellar, a room that its habitable, a room housing the oil tank and the old stables. The henhouse, then a local style barn and a kennel adjoin the stable.
These gardens comprise parklands laid out to the rear of the house, a vegetable garden and an orchard. The parklands and the vegetable garden are enclosed by walls. A large lawn in the parklands is surrounded by superb trees of varying species: yew, horse chestnut, Judas, lime, beech and maple trees. A freestone pavilion, topped with a hip roof and a wooden gazebo, topped with an imperial roof, locally called a “vide-bouteille” (bottle emptier). The vegetable garden has a well. A gate in one of the enclosing walls leads to the old orchard, now a meadow.
This property was constructed in the 18th century by the widow of one of Angers’ aldermen, his children and his grandchildren. A plaque to his memory is affixed to the rear facade of the house which still has numerous features bearing witness to what could have been Anjou’s art of living. Extremely refined interior decoration. An elegant gazebo in the parklands for sharing a refreshing local Crémant wine with friends on summer days. Food can be provided by a vegetable garden, an orchard and a henhouse for those large family get-togethers on a Sunday lunchtime. And to complete these feasts, stables and a kennel for outings or hunting in the nearby forests. Everything is still there, just waiting for a new lease on life.
|Land registry surface area||10733 m2|
|Main building surface area||354 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||7|
|Outbuilding surface area||250 m2|
Denis Trassard +33 1 42 84 80 85
NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.